Gillette Rear-End Accident Lawyer
The term “rear-end collision” may bring to mind a “fender bender” type of accident for many people. The truth is that this type of crash can be deadly, particularly at high speeds. Rear-end accidents can cause a range of serious injuries.
If you have been hurt in rear-end collision, contact an experienced Gillette car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Don’t fight insurance companies alone. Contact Steven Titus & Associates, P.C. at (307) 257-7800 for a free consultation. We have the skill and experience to get the compensation you deserve.
A rear-end collision occurs when a vehicle collides with the rear of the vehicle ahead. The force of the crash travels through the bumpers and frames of the vehicles to the occupants’ bodies. The amount of force is determined by mass and speed. The larger a vehicle is and the faster it is traveling, the more damage it can cause by rear-ending another vehicle.
Rear-end collisions frequently occur in intersections, at red lights, or at stop signs. They are common in congested traffic, particularly in “stop and go” conditions. Rear-end accidents can also happen at highway speeds when a driver tailgates the vehicle ahead. If the driver in front has to slow down or stop for any reason, the tailgating driver can slam into the rear of the vehicle in front of them with tremendous impact.
When a vehicle collides with the rear of another vehicle, it can cause a variety of injuries, ranging from minor to fatal. Common injuries in rear-end collisions include:
- Whiplash: This type of injury occurs frequently in rear-end collisions. It gets its name from the whip-like motion of the head and neck when a vehicle is struck from behind. This violent forward and backward motion can damage the soft tissues of the neck and shoulders, including muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Severe whiplash can cause pain and other symptoms that continue for months after an accident.
- Disc injuries: The impact of a rear-end collision can cause injury to the discs between the vertebrae of the spine. Victims may suffer herniated discs and other spinal injuries in rear-end accidents. Symptoms may include headaches, neck pain, and numbness or shooting pain in the extremities. Severe spinal disc injuries may require surgical treatment.
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI): When the head and neck are propelled forward and backward in a rear-end collision, it can cause the brain to move and strike against the inside of the skull, damaging delicate brain tissue. Traumatic brain injury can cause various symptoms, including headaches, dizziness, memory loss, and problems with vision, balance, and coordination. Severe TBI can have life-altering consequences for victims and their families.
If you have been rear-ended by another driver, call 911 to report the accident and receive any necessary emergency medical treatment immediately. Exchange information with the other driver and collect any relevant insurance, as required by law. Try your best to get the contact information for any eyewitnesses as well.
If you are able, take pictures of the accident scene, including the relative positions of the vehicles involved, damage to the vehicles, crash debris on the road, and any visible injuries you or your passengers have sustained. See a doctor as soon as possible after the crash, even if you do not feel your injuries are serious. Symptoms may be delayed, and a doctor can diagnose, treat, and help document your injuries.
At Steven Titus & Associates, P.C., we appreciate the seriousness of rear-end collision injuries and understand how overwhelming taking legal action can seem. Let us assist you and fight on your behalf for the compensation you deserve.
We have experience representing injury victims in Gillette and all across Wyoming. Call us at (307) 257-7800 to schedule your free case strategy session.
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